History

Waverly Municipal Golf Course History as related to Doug Snook by Gus Niewoehner and Ed Droste

Phase #1 (Approximately 1928) - Sand Greens

Notes From Ed Droste

  • #1 tee was approximately where the "skateboard" track is now.
  • #2 tee just NW of the present Second base on the main baseball diamond
  • #3 tee was just SE of the 4H building
  • #4 tee just south of third base on the main baseball diamond. One would shoot over the race track – over the hog barn up to what is now the center of the parking lot.
  • #5 tee - walk west to near present #10 tee is and shoot SE down over hill toward RR track.  The high bank behind green kept ball from going down to the track.
  • #6 tee was uphill approximately where #3 tee is today shoot east.
  • #7 tee - shoot west to just about where cart path on #1 ends.
  • #8 tee - walk up hill to present ladies tee #1. Shoot over top of cow barn. East to Highway.
  • #9 tee - walk over to edge of race track next to old log cabin and shoot North over race track back into infield of track.

New land revised 9 holes

First Sand Greens – then Bent Grass

  • #1 tee - our present #10 north
  • #2 tee - walk up hill to our present #13 and shoot NE down hill
  • #3 present tee #14, shoot west up top of hill by hospital
  • #4 tee by RR track, shoot south 626 yards (par 6), longest hole in the State for Iowa for many years
  • #5 Tee, our present #12, only did not cross the gulley. RR track ran along gulley, went underneath Illinois Central track running north and south along west of #4.
  • #6 tee were present #11 is, shoot south
  • #7 tee (still north of gulley) shoot up hill to present #9.
  • #8 tee where ladies tee on #1, shoot over cow barn to Highway.
  • #9 tee up against fence, shoot west up hill where present practice green is.

Notes According to Gus Niewoehner

1923

  • During this time, the golf course was mowed by a gang mower pulled by a horse.  

Fees were $10 for 4 years and $15.00 for 5 years.

1924-1925

  • Maintenance building was constructed.

1926 

  • It became a 9 hole course.

1927-1929

  • Owners of the First Tee:
  • Gus Niewoehner
  • Guy Vanderver – Banker
  • Art Droste – Waverly Publishing
  • Les Moeller – Newspaper

During Fair Week the holes inside the race track were closed and 5, 6, and 7 were used during that time. The course was also closed when the race track was running and cars were parked on #10 and #11.

1928 

  • Brase worked for Gus 40’s – 50’s
  • Dance Hall below #10 tee
  • PG green used to be #2
  • #18 original green (9)
  • #9 green was rebuilt

1930-1940

  • The course was gas mowed.
  • Spruce planted in 1930.
  • Grass greens 1931 – 9 holes

1933-1935

  • The golf course had sand greens. 
  • Land was purchased for the front 9 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 6, 7 to the dry run).
  • Cart Shed (1935)
  • #1 was #1
  • #4 was #2
  • #5 tee was #3 tee
  • #3 green was #5
  • #6 tee was #6 tee
  • #2 green was #6 green
  • #9 green was #7 green
  • #8 tee was ladies #10 tee
  • #9 green was practice green

1938

  • Grass conversion started
  • Norway spruce were planted
  • #6 was a par 6 (626 yards)
  • Totally rebuilt #1, #2, #3, #4, #18, right 10, PG

1941-1948

  • First Greenskeeper – Ernie Brase – Retired Farmer
  • Club House was built (1948)
  • Sand greens 3 holes – 3 years
  • Dug weeds from the greens with table fork

1966

  • Dirt to build 6 greens was taken from along #7. Brought in peat.
  • Course was pasture.
  • 10 green original on right
  • 10 green on left
  • Henry Bush South side $600 acre city bought – row crop

1967

  • Harry Hastings, Ed Droste, and Dick Hemmingway purchased 11 acres by old road bed 40 acres  purchased was an old quarry.
  • Irrigation drainage – Bustkirk – Sioux City 
  • To meet budget they cut down size of greens by 1,500 sq. ft. each
  • #7 broader
  • #16 longer
  • #5 double level
  • #8 no change
  • #11 cut front off – elevate of flooding

1969

  • Left #10 green was build to separate for safety
  • North 10 was built after 1967 construction
  • Gravel quarry 7-8 filled in with cement
  • Greens building – Don Schoof, Boone, Iowa, Vern Kay
  • #9 rebuilt twice since 1967